Glass needs separating into different colours before recycling.


In KS2 one aspect of geography looked at is the ways we can help to protect the environment. An important part of this is recycling waste.

Our rubbish, or waste, can be a threat to the environment. Recycling our waste is one way that we can help to protect the environment. Recycling is converting waste into reusable material. An example is when a product is melted so that the material can be used to make new products. Most products can be recycled...although not all of them. You are probably familiar with recycling household waste such as bottles, cans and paper.

Try this quiz to see how much you know about recycling and how it helps to protect the Earth for all of us - humans, animals and plants - to enjoy. .

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  1. How would you dispose of a book you no longer needed?
    You might even give it to a charity shop
  2. Why should batteries not go to a landfill?
    Many types of batteries use poisonous chemicals like lead or mercury and these must be disposed of safely
  3. Which of these is a problem caused by throwing rubbish away?
    There are lots of reasons why we should try to reduce the amount of rubbish we throw away
  4. On average how much waste does a person in the UK throw away each year?
    Just think how much rubbish that would be in a whole lifetime!
  5. Where does our non-recycled rubbish go?
    Things in landfill sites or incinerators will never be used again
  6. Which materials are difficult to recycle?
    Textiles can be reused
  7. Which recycle bin would you put a drinks can in?
    Aluminium is a type of metal we can recycle
  8. Which material needs separating into different colours before recycling?
    Glass is usually clear, green or brown
  9. Which is NOT one of the 3 Rs?
    We can reduce the amount of rubbish by reusing things or recycling them
  10. Which of these is NOT an environmentally-friendly method of disposing of potato peelings?
    Things in the rubbish bin go to landfill sites or incinerators

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